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Social Development Specialist (International)

Job Profile

We are seeking a Social Development Specialist for a short-term and intermittent role. S/he will provide technical support to ensure that the projects are designed and implemented to contribute significantly to the social and economic empowerment and wellbeing of vulnerable groups, and transformational change of women and girls in the project districts.

Job Description

We are seeking a Social Development Specialist (International) for a short-term and intermittent role. S/he will provide technical support to ensure that the projects are designed and implemented to contribute significantly to the social and economic empowerment and wellbeing of vulnerable groups, and transformational change of women and girls in the project districts. S/he will collaborate with all four Output Area Leads to ensure that social development, economic empowerment and inclusion of targeted vulnerable groups, gender empowerment and access to services is mainstreamed into the programme.

Key responsibilities will be to:
  • Identify the challenges and opportunities for socio-economic development of poor and vulnerable groups across the project activities and areas, and suggest implementation approaches;
  • Identify opportunities for transformational change of women and girls across project activities and areas, and suggest implementation approaches;
  • Advise CF / LNOB implementing partner organizations to effectively design and implement activities to enhance quality of life of vulnerable groups through socio-economic empowerment and inclusion;
  • Advise Output Area Leads on methods to target activities at the most vulnerable through the respective Output Area;
  • Undertake analysis related to socio-economic empowerment and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the project districts;
  • Work with the MEL Lead and LNOB Lead to update and adopt SMART / objectively verifiable indicators (OVIs) and means of verification (MoV) of outcomes under OA 4 (LNOB);
  • Advise for effective milestone tracking and adapt programmatic approaches (of LNOB), where necessary, for effective and efficient programme implementation;
  • Undertake other activities in relation to LNOB (Vulnerability window) and transformational change as required for the project.

Candidate Specification

  • A Master’s level degree in a related subject, with at least 15 years’ experience in social development, preferably in developing countries (experience of Nepal a strong advantage);
  • Strong practical expertise in social, political and economic development, empowerment and inclusion of marginalized and vulnerable people;
  • Good experience working with minority or disadvantaged groups in developing countries and a strong sensitivity to the challenges of social inclusion and economic empowerment;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the challenges of post-earthquake reconstruction and recovery;
  • Good understanding on the ‘Leave no one behind’, as expressed in the Sustainable Development Goals and ability to design activities to achieve this goal;
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, but also a team player with the willingness to learn and support the learning of others;
  • Proven ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders;
  • Ability to work effectively in remote areas, and willing to travel throughout the project area in Nepal;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential, and fluency in Nepali and relevant local languages spoken in the project area would be a strong asset.
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